Lo nuestro es lucha

Our Thing is Struggle

January 26, 2019
Wooden Shoe Bookstore

Ana Portnoy

Malcom Friend

in your bones / every cell / is a weapon / every atom / is resisting arrest

Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, WA. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia, 2018), selected by Cynthia Arrieu-King as winner of the 2017 Hillary Gravendyk Prize. He has received awards and fellowships from organizations including CantoMundo, Backbone Press, the Center for African American Poetry & Poetics, and the University of Memphis.

Marquis Wright-Lee

we’ll have to start with this/ chapter 1: self-love/ section 1: melanin

Marquis Wright-Lee is a P.Y.J. (Pretty Young Jawn) born and raised in North Philadelphia with aspirations to add something of use to his city. He uses poetry and entertainment as a way to keep folk informed and bring them into things they either may not put much thought into, or feel as though they have no one or place to talk about, as well as try to give folk a break from the insanity of this world.

Wes Matthews

So when the angels do not come, who is
there to make sure the killing does not fill the peace?

Wes Matthews is a Detroit-born, Philadelphia-based poet and essayist. His work has been published in the Detroit Free Press, Eunoia Review, Dreginald Magazine, and elsewhere. Wes is currently serving as the 2018-19 Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate.

Shanel Edwards

So, if you ask me what perfect is, I’ll say
Perhaps Philly is just a moment of a perfect place

Shanel Edwards is a Black Queer Non-Binary Philadelphia based movement artist, photographer and poet. Their work centers Black Queer Femme-hood, intimacy as a tool for healing, and radical joy. Shanel is a world builder who does not rely on capitalist structures to imagine art that holds space for radical joy and magic to thrive. Shanel’s poetry has been published/featured in Wusgood magazine, How to Take Space (2017) & “Vanishing Point” (2018). Shanel received an Art and Change grant through The Leeway Foundation (2018), to produce and direct a choreographed short film ‘THIS IS FOR US’ and the Small But Mighty Arts Bartol Micro Teaching Artist Grant (2018) to teach dance classes centering Black Queer individuals. They hold a BFA in African American Studies and Psychology from Temple University.